YOUNG gun Dominic Manfredi has “come from nowhere” to earn a first-team shot after impressing Shaun Wane during the off-season.
The Leigh-based utility-back has been invited into the senior set-up following two years out of the game through injury.
He will push Jack Murphy as the understudy to Sam Tomkins this season, and his ability to play wing also works in his favour.
Manfredi – who Wane revealed at Friday’s media day has yet to sign a contract – featured in the friendlies against Leigh and Hull KR.
And Wane said: “I rate him highly and he’s going to come and train with the first-team squad now full-time.
“He’s come from nowhere to become one of our first-team members.
“He’s been out for two years, he got injured playing for our juniors and has had some real bad luck with his knee – he’s had two micro-fractures. But he’s fit now, he’s eager, he catches the bus from Leigh every day and is never late for training – I like him.”
Manfredi showed flashes of promise in the 30-6 loss at Leigh and scored one of Wigan’s two tries in the defeat at Hull KR the following week.
“The first time I saw him was playing at Leigh, I liked what he did and he played the week after,” said Wane.
“I dropped a first-team player to put him in against Hull KR.
“So I hope it shows to everyone here, if you play well you get a chance no matter what level you’re at.